Free time at work?! You may be wondering what that is, but for some, particularly those new to a job or in an industry that experiences seasonal peaks and lulls, there may be some days free of any immediate pressing deadlines. If this is something you occasionally experience, what is the best way you should spend your day? This weekend (November 4th) Daylight Saving Time will end, and we’ll gain an hour. What will you do with your extra time?
- Get ahead. Do you have certain reoccurring tasks that you do each week or month? Work ahead! Do a few weeks’ worth of assignments early. Then, next week if you are swamped with projects, it will be one less thing on your To Do list.
- Organize. If you’ve been busy, your desk or work area might need some cleaning. Take a few moments to organize files, tools, or even your email inbox. You might discover a task that you had forgotten when you were busy that you could complete. Or, you will free up space and feel organized and ready to work for when you inevitably get busy again.
- Help. Talk to your manager and coworkers and see if you can lend a hand. This will give you an opportunity to learn about other things going on in your department, and your coworkers might reciprocate next time you are feeling overwhelmed with your assignments. Be careful that you don’t make it seem like you are bored; just let others know that you have finished your tasks for the moment and have a couple hours that you could assist with another project.
- Learn. Research something that will help you improve your job performance. Learn a more efficient way of doing a task. Sign up for a webinar so you can become an expert in your field.
- Brainstorm. Are there ways you could improve your business or your performance? Sometimes we get so caught up in day-to-day assignments that we don’t consider the overall mission of the company. Take some time to get creative. Think about your business’s goals and the best ways to accomplish them.
Slow days at work don’t have to be boring, as long as you stay productive with your time. Don’t forget to stay on time next week and turn your clocks ahead on Sunday! For more workplace tips, check out other articles on the Penmac blog.